A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World. This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of , a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of master toward slave was commonplace and ingeniously refined. James was born January 4, , in Trinidad. In James received his teaching certificate from Queens Royal College.
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A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World. This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of , a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba.
It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of master toward slave was commonplace and ingeniously refined. James was born January 4, , in Trinidad. In James received his teaching certificate from Queens Royal College. During the s and… More about C. James is not afraid to touch his pen with the flame of ardent personal feeling — a sense of justice, love of freedom, admiration for heroism, hatred for tyranny — and his detailed, richly documented and dramatically written book holds a deep and lasting interest.
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The Black Jacobins
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James , a history of the Haitian Revolution of — He went to Paris to research this work, where he met Haitian military historian Alfred Auguste Nemours. James's text places the revolution in the context of the French Revolution , and focuses on the leadership of Toussaint L'Ouverture , who was born a slave but rose to prominence espousing the French Revolutionary ideals of liberty and equality. These ideals, which many French revolutionaries did not maintain consistently with regard to the black humanity of their colonial possessions, were embraced, according to James, with a greater purity by the persecuted blacks of Haiti ; such ideals "meant far more to them than to any Frenchman. James examines the brutal conditions of slavery as well as the social and political status of the slave-owners, poor or "small" whites , and "free" blacks and mulattoes leading up to the Revolution. The work explores the dynamics of the Caribbean economy and the European feudal system during the era before the Haitian Revolution, and places each revolution in comparative historical and economic perspective. Toussaint L'Ouverture becomes a central and symbolic character in James' narrative of the Haitian Revolution.
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But for the Taino, their hopes of finding paradise were irredeemably lost. It is only with some appreciation of the world-historical importance and inspiration of the Haitian Revolution that one can begin to understand why Western imperial powers have tied a tight neocolonial noose around Haiti ever since. Around two thirds of the people who were to ultimately make the Haitian Revolution began their lives growing up in Africa, before being captured, mostly at a young age, and enduring the violence and terror of the Middle Passage to the Americas in chains on European slave ships. It is hard to imagine worse circumstances in which to try to make history than those in which the men, women and children who were to make the Haitian Revolution found themselves. But the heroic individual and collective resistance by the enslaved Africans themselves should never be forgotten. In The Black Jacobins James—himself the great grandson of slaves—begins with the slave experience and slave resistance. They undertook vast hunger strikes; undid their chains and hurled themselves on the crew in futile attempts at insurrection.